Canada went into its third and final game at the 2014 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) knowing that they would be in tough against the four time defending tournament champions from Argentina.
To confront this challenge, Canadian Head Coach Kieran Crowley reached into Canada’s Sevens program and inserted speedsters Sean Duke and Jordan Wilson-Ross into his starting fifteen. Wilson-Ross in particular looked dangerous throughout the match and helped sharpen Canada’s attacking edge.
Jordan Ross-Wilson (above) and Sean Duke (below) both sevens rugby speedsters showed
glimmers of their speed but were unable to break free of the Jaguars defense
– Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
From the beginning Canada looked hungry and eager to match Argentinean physicality, with Evan Olmstead, Ray Barkwill, Nanyak Dala and Seb Pearson all making big hits to set an early tone. They were rewarded with an early penalty, as Gordon McRorie collected three points to open the scoring at the five-minute mark.
Canada’s Gordy McRorie plays chip and chase on the ball hoping to get his team into Argentina territory – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
It wasn’t long, however, before Argentina would answer.
A sweeping Argentine attack saw the Jaguars collect their first try of the match, which temporarily made the score 7 – 3 in their favor.
The Argentina Jaguars when on the attack inthe second half putting 29 points on the board and ran away with a 39-9 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Having added a Fernandez penalty to make the score 10 – 3, Canada responded with a pair of their own to close to within one point of Argentina with only moments left to go in the half.
Riding high and full of purpose, the Canadians fought hard to regain the lead before halftime, only to see a penalty awarded to Argentina as the final whistle blew. It was an unfortunate sign of things to come.
Encouraged by their strong first-half performance, Canada emerged from the dressing room eager to chip away at the 13 – 9 deficit; however, a rapid pair of Argentinean scores killed that momentum and began a period dominance for the Jaguars that would last most of the second-half.
Canada’s efforts to battle back here hampered by a pair of yellow cards and a series of controversial penalties at scrum-time that gave away valuable time, points, possession and filed position.
In the end it was a convincing win for the defending champions, who completed yet another ARC tournament with a perfect record.
For Canada, all eyes now turn to the upcoming November tour of Europe; an opportunity to which many of the players at this year’s ARC have been aspiring.
Canada will face an RFU Championship XV side in Worcester on November 2, Namibia in Colwyn Bay, Wales on November 7, Samoa in Vannes, France on the 14th and finally against Romania in Bucharest on the 22nd.
Final Score: Canada 9 – Argentina 39
Canada Penalties: McRorie (3)
Canada’s Starting Team vs Argentina:
1 – James Smith, (Shoalhaven RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
2 – Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3 – Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4 – Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
5 – Evan Olmstead, (Parametta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
6 – Kyle Gilmour, Captain (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7 – Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Regina, SK
8 – Seb Pearson, (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
9 – Gordon McRorie, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10 – Patrick Parfrey, (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
11 – Nick Blevins, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
12 – Derek Daypuck, (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
13 – Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
14 – Sean Duke, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
15 – Sean Ferguson, (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
16 – Ryan Hamilton, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
17 – Pete Houlihan, (Edmonton Druids/Prairie Wolf Pack) Edmonton, AB
18 – Tom Dolezel, (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
19 – Kyle Baillie, (Edmonton Druids/Atlantic Rock) Charlottetown, PEI
20 – Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
21 – Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22 – Pat Kay, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
23 – Andrew Coe, (Markham Irish/Ontario Blues) Markham, ON
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn
Assistant Coach: Mike Shelley
Assistant Coach: Graeme Moffatt
Manager: Mark Winokur
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans
Therapist: Chris May
Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith